The competition between Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos in the commercial space industry continued on Friday.

In a Twitter exchange, the billionaires sparred over NASA’s Artemis Human Landing System (HLS).

“The Human Landing System program needs competition, not the delay of starting over,” Bezos’ Blue Origin wrote. “The National Team has an open architecture, deep experience, massive self-funded investments and a safe, low-risk design to return to the Moon. Let’s go. #Artemis”

“For the low, low price of … ?” Musk retorted early Friday morning.

NASA awarded Musk’s SpaceX the coveted $2.89 billion contract for the development of the first commercial human lander that will land Artemis program astronauts on the moon in 2024.

In turn, Blue Origin and “The National Team” filed a 50-page protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) over the decision in April.

Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith told The New York Times that the company believed NASA’s selection was based on flawed evaluations.

Another competitor, Dynetics, also filed its own protest.

The GAO is conducting an investigation into the issue that is slated to conclude by Aug. 4.

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